Former MLA Rev Suohie Mhasi passes away

Former MLA Rev Suohie Mhasi passes away
Late L Suohie Mhasi
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/15/2020 11:46:13 AM IST

Former MLA, Rev. L Suohie Mhasi passed away Wednesday morning at Oking Hospital. He was 98.

CM, others mourn Rev. Mhasi’s demise: In a condolence message, chief minister Rio said he was deeply saddened by the demise of Rev. Mhasi, who he said was well known for his contributions to the society. 

Starting his career as a teacher in 1955, the chief minister said late reverend held important posts through 1950s. During that period, Rev. Mhasi served as the president of the Angami Tribal Council and had the distinction of representing the Angamis to the final Convention of the Naga People’s Convention held at Mokokchung in 1959. 

He also participated in the First General Election in 1964, but resigned en masse the same year. 

From 1966, he served the church ministry in various capacities. 

Rev. Mhasi was instrumental in hosting the Billy Graham Crusade in 1972 and served as the secretary of the Nagaland Peace Council in 1974. Thereafter, he served for many years as the pastor of Rusoma CRC. 

Describing late Rev. Mhasi as “an enthusiastic and selfless social worker”, the chief minister said he held important posts in a number of organisations engaged in unity amongst the Nagas and welfare of the elderly. Rio said he was also an accomplished writer and published four books. 

The chief minister said that late reverend’s lifelong contributions to the society and the people of the state would always be remembered. In his demise, Rio said he has lost a father figure and a noble soul, adding that his absence would be deeply felt by all. 

The chief minister conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief and prayed that Almighty God grant them comfort and solace.

Dy. CM: The state deputy chief minister Y Patton expressed grief at the passing of Rev. Lhousuohie Mhasi, who he said a spiritual leader as well as a social activist. In a condolence message, Patton said late reverend’s contributions to the Nagas’ journey towards a common wellbeing were immeasurable. 

Being the oldest ex-legislator, deputy chief minister said his passing away was a great loss in terms of experience and wisdom for the state. 

Patton, who is also state BJP legislature party leader, on behalf of the party legislators, paid tribute to the departed soul and prayed that his soul rest in peace. He also extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

NPF: Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu has expressed deep grief over the demise of Rev. Lhousuohie Mhasi, who hailed from Rusoma village.

In a condolence message, Liezietsu described late Rev. Mhasi as a politician, preacher and social commentator and said he lived the whole of his 98 fruitful years in the service of the Naga people. 

A committed preacher and church worker, NPF president said late reverend served the Lord in various capacities before and after his brief political career. “But most of all, he was a Naga Patriot,” said Liezietsu.

In his demise, NPF president said the Nagas have lost a fountain of knowledge and experience that would be impossible to replace.

Liezietsu extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the Almighty God grant them peace and solace during this time of pain and sorrow.

NSCN (I-M): National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) has expressed shock over the sudden demise of Reverend Lhousuohie Mhasie, who it said was a man with respectable personality in religious field having deep political insight.

NSCN/GPRN through its MIP stated that Rev. Mhasie’s elderly advice, prayer and solidarity to the Naga cause, which were very dear to him, would be irreplaceable, adding that it deeply mourned his demise.  It stated that his long suffering and commitment to the Naga cause would be well recorded in the pages of Naga political history.

MIP stated that late reverend’s analysis of “Indo-Naga” political talks spoke of his integrity and concern for the Naga political settlement that was honourable and acceptable. 

NSCN (I-M) extended heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members in this moment of grief and prayed courage and strength be given to them to hold on the loss. 


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